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Emirates Schools Karting Championship draws widespread support of opening round

Emirates Schools Karting Championship draws widespread support of opening round

25.01.2016: New event to establish karting as part of UAE schools sports programme

New event to establish karting as part of UAE schools sports programme



 Flashback to the first ESKC Test Day at the Kartdrome



The opening round of the inaugural Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC) is fast approaching and excitement is building up ahead of the second Test & Welcome Day at the Kartdrome on Saturday, 30 January.


A number of schools have already registered, with youngsters ready to tackle the new karting series, held under the patronage of Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE.


Interested drivers and teams, as well as participants who are already signed up are invited to attend this Saturday’s Welcome & Test Day, which will enable them to become familiar with the rules and regulations of the ESKC, as well as affording them track time free of charge.  It will also be an opportunity for drivers to connect with potential teammates.


Schools including Cambridge International School, Emirates International School Meadows and Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches have confirmed teams for the schools championship, while Ghost Racing Team were the first to register for the Nomads Challenge.


As a number of drivers have been unable to secure teammates from their schools, but still want to compete in the ESKC, organisers introduced the Nomad Challenge allowing drivers from different schools to team up and enter the ESKC.


Although these teams will not be eligible for the ESKC main title, they will have the Nomad Challenge Cup to compete for in what will be a race-within-a-race and will be contenders for outright victory in the four rounds.


With the minimum age limit at 12, the ESKC caters for all high school students and promotes teamwork, strategy, commitment, discipline and of course race craft.


ESKC manager David Bright said, “It has been a challenge to spread the message to schools purely from a logistical perspective, but the interest has been shown by most of those schools we have approached.  With several teams signed up and the first race fast approaching, we are seeing a surge of interest which I am sure will continue to grow through until the final Test & Welcome Day on Saturday at the Kartdrome.


“ATCUAE have put their weight behind the project and we will reap the rewards of their involvement. Like any new project it is important we have a solid foundation upon which to build the future of this series which will have a positive impact on all those who take part.


“The goal is to establish schools karting as an officially sanctioned extracurricular activity in UAE schools, and the success of the inaugural series will go a long way to achieving this.”





 On track action during the first ESKC Test Day at the Kartdrome



New 2016 ESKC race schedule:



Test Day II: 30 January 2016 (morning)
Race Day 1: 14 February 2016
Race Day 2: 28 February 2016
Race Day 3: 20 March 2016
Race Day 4: 23 April 2016



- Tony Lewis, Total Communications Dubai - also photos

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